Disney’s First Five #3: Fantasia

If Snow White was the coming out party for Walt Disney and for feature animation, then Fantasia is the wild, slightly drunk, and fearless after-party in which all caution is thrown to the wind and the Walt Disney company simply decided to go for broke. It is hard to understate just how bizarre a movie Fantasia is. There was nothing …

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Best Art House Films (For Those Who Think Art House Is For Snobs)

I stumbled into the world of art house films. I remember vividly my first encounter: I was 17 and a bunch of my friends were fresh out of high school and we had maybe four hours to kill. That naturally led us to the cineplex and there was only two movies that fit with the …

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Best Classic Films (For People Who Think Black & White Films Are Boring)

(Previous instalment, "Best Foreign Films (For People Who Aren't Into Foreign Films)") You know how the story goes. A group of friends decide that it's time to try and get cultured and want to catch up on classic cinema. They stumble upon a list of top films like the American Film Institute Top 100 list. They …

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Disney’s First Five #1: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

My love for all things Disney is no big secret. Over this last weekend my wife has indulged me tremendously as I sat on the edge of my seat refreshing Twitter repeatedly so that I could get the latest updates from the D23 Expo (official Disney fan club convention) as Disney announced the newest animated …

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Best Foreign Movies (For People Who Aren’t Into Foreign Movies)

The classic conundrum for me as an avid cinephile is how to get your average movie fan to actually like some of my more esoteric favourites. A constant thought exercise for me  is trying to figure out how to get the person who thinks Michael Bay’s filmography represents the pinnacle of cinema to watch and …

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